I'm 17 and I've been working out for just about 1 year.
This topic isn't necessarily going to be about advice for hypertrophy or gaining muscle in general, but rather about an aesthetic issue I realized I have.
Ever since I started lifting weights, and thus have become more conscious about how my body looks, I've realized that: I have quite a long neck, relatively big traps, small delts, and narrow clavicles.
What this causes is that damned sloping shoulder look (so not a straight line from the base of my neck to my delts but rather a downward "curve") which totally defeats the purpose of building a V taper, X frame, wide shouders/narrow waist, or whatever we wanna call it.
So, even though I have put on some muscle and have definitely improved the way my body looks, I still can't help but think the way my upper body looks sucks, both naked and with clothes on.
Here are some pics:
These ones are from before I started lifting, just to show how my body naturally looked
these are a couple of months into training (4 months at most depending on the pic)
-- in this one you can actually see the length of my neck; something I really loathe and I've also been made fun of for in the past.http://i.imgur.com/CzJOXtp.jpg
-- this is just awful if you ask me. My back development has since improved (this was taken like 9 months ago) but the shape of my body is still kinda similar to that
and these were taken a couple of days ago after completing a full cycle of bulking and about half way into cutting
just to make it clear: these were taken post workout so I had a little bit of a pump. plus, while I wasn't really posing, I still tensed the muscles a little bit so assume I don't look as good in everyday life
I know much of this is just genetics (I spent lots of time researching this) and my best bet is probably to work on the middle delts (I've been messing around with different kinds of lateral raises and am currently doing them Alberto Nunez style. Most of the other variations don't allow me to really feel the delts working as the traps just take over) and I am not doing any direct trap work.
I can post my current split if you like.
Hope to get some useful advice from you more experienced guys.